I don’t mess around when it comes to water safety and kids— or even adults, for that matter. So when the people of Cigna reached out to me last week to share some water safety facts, I knew I had to pass it along.
It is my hope you have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and summer, too. These tips can save lives. Please read on.. and enjoy the water safely this summer and always!
Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. And that means lots of time spent by the pool.
While swimming is a great activity for parents and kids to do together, there are some things you should know to keep your kids safe.
Drowning can happen to anyone.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Texas leads the nation in child pool drownings. In many cases, adults are nearby when a child drowns. Teach your kids about water safety (this includes adolescents and teens too). A child can drown in under 5 minutes. That’s the time it takes to send a text or check your newsfeed.
Don’t take your eyes off your kids for a second.
If you’re at a neighbor’s house or a community pool, put one or two adults in charge. And if a child is missing, check the pool first. 92 percent of kids survive when found within two minutes.
Preparation is key.
Did you know most parents don’t know CPR? This is a very important skill to have – especially if you own a pool. Enroll in a class and invite your child’s babysitter to join you. That way you know your children are safe no matter who is watching them.
Parents aren’t the only ones who should be prepared.
Teaching your kids to swim is one of the best ways to protect them in the water.
Kids who sign up for swim lessons reduce their risk of drowning by 90 percent.
Swimming lessons are also a great way for kids to be active and interact with other kids their age.
We hope these tips are helpful as you head to the pool or beach this summer. You can find more tips in the infographic or at www.cigna.com/watersafety.